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English GCSE - Level 2


On the English GCSE course you will develop your written and spoken language skills. You will also read a wide range of texts that will cover the English language in a variety of forms, aiming to achieve a qualification that is highly valued by employers in a range of working environments.

We are following the new GCSE 9-1 specification. Grades 9-1 replace A*-G. 

Start dates and fees

  • If you have a GCSE at grade 3/D (or lower) in English, the cost will be FREE.
  • If you have a GCSE at grade 4/C (or above) in English, the cost will be £812.
Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19
18:00 - 20:30
321 yr(s)1124A101£810.00** EApply
18:00 - 20:30
321 yr(s)1124A102£810.00** EApply
18:00 - 20:30
321 yr(s)1124A103£810.00** EApply
09:00 - 12:00
321 yr(s)1124A105£810.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

For more information on GCSE start dates, times and fees please contact us on our enquiries line 0808 100 3626 or email

What will I study?

Across the year you will focus on developing a number of skills while studying a variety of extracts from literary texts spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The main skills you will cover are:

  • Being able to identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas.
  • Selecting and synthesising evidence from different texts.
  • Being able to explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
  • Comparing writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts.
  • Evaluating texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.
  • Communicating clearly, effectively and imaginatively; selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences.
  • Organising information and ideas; using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
  • Using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

The exam will cover:

  • Reading and responding to texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century using a range of the skills listed above.
  • Writing to inform, explain, describe, argue and persuade.

Entry requirements

  • This course is for learners aged 19+ only
  • For learners who have achieved a GCSE at grade 3/D (or lower) in English and aiming to improve their grade.
  • Before you can enrol onto this course, you will need to complete a homework task and a computer-based assessment in the subject you wish to study. You will be given areas to revise before you take the assessment.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

34 weeks.

How will I be assessed?

The course is 100% exam based.

There are two papers, each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes to be taken at a time set nationally by the external exam board in June.

In addition, it is a requirement of the course that you complete a presentation or debate task for the spoken language unit. This will be visually recorded for the exam board and awarded on a separate scale of Pass/Merit/Distinction.

What does the course lead to?

It places learners in a good position for applying to university and opens the doors to a range of jobs.   


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